Most frequent questions and answers
We are an organization made up of parents, students, alumni, and concerned community members. We are a non-political, non-religious organization open to all. Our goal is to create a safe place for Black students, children of color and LGBTQ students. We are not affiliated with the BLM organization, and we are not saying that only black lives matter. We know and believe that all lives matter, we just need the community’s help to focus on our black students and children of color, who are currently experiencing racial injustice in our school district and community.
For years, Coronado parents of Black students and children of color have been sounding alarms about racist behavior directed against their children at school, coming from other students, and from teachers. These took the form of recurrent schoolyard discrimination, stereotyping, and harassment. It is evident that the CUSD guidelines against acts of discrimination are too vague and insufficiently implemented. The district has on several occasions failed to adequately discipline/ educate students and staff who act inappropriately. We believe it is crucial that the “zero-tolerance” guidelines be made much more specific so that if any such incidents occur in the future, they have automatic and meaningful consequences.
Our mission is to partner with the Coronado Unified School District to create a diverse and inclusive culture so that every student feels valued and all students are prepared for life outside of Coronado. Our initiative is to build a school community where anti-racism thrives, black lives matter, and racial and ethnic diversity is embraced. We also want to have a seat at the table, as a diverse group of stakeholders, we are an important and much-needed resource.
In May of this year, the video capturing the tragic murder of George Floyd demonstrated that our society as a whole continues to be complacent toward racial injustice. This was the catalyst needed for America to take a serious look at its ongoing racial inequity. Our town is no exception. Empowered by the uprising of people of all backgrounds to protest Mr. Floyd’s death, Black CUSD students and alumni spoke out, via social media and in print, about their direct experiences with discrimination at school. CUSD students also organized an online petition calling for the district to address systemic racism. Signatures quickly grew from 500 to 4,500, showing widespread community desire for action.
After a march protesting racial injustice organized to coincide with the June 13 School Board meeting, the nucleus of InclusioNado was formed and has been growing ever since. The Coronado school experience does have a lasting impact on its students. It has the power to help students develop into critical thinkers who are aware of the diversity in our nation and who are empathetic about social justice issues. We cannot allow our students to leave our district unprepared to engage in the world as global citizens.
Our numbers are growing by the day and we are grateful for the enormous support that the community is showing. We have delivered over 100 “Diversity Matters Here” lawn signs, and requests keep coming.
Coronado is a city that lacks diversity. The school district is primarily composed of white students and faculty, and episodes of discrimination, harassment, and intolerance towards students of color are easily and too often ignored. There is a group of people expressing the belief that talking about the racial discrimination that they are experiencing is not relevant to Coronado. We beg to differ. The many videos, over 200 statements, and the student’s petition clearly show that this is an area of great concern and one that has to be addressed. There is a need for urgent action, we can not continue to be silent and pretend that it’s not happening.
We want to be part of creating a community that is supportive of differences, where racial slurs are acted upon immediately, and an improved learning curriculum that explores racial/ethnic diversity and social justice issues is available to better prepare our students for the world they will be living in.